Crusader Classic Set for Saturday June 11th

The Crusader Classic, a fundraiser for Holy Cross High School’s Track & Field and Cross Country Teams will be held on Saturday, June 11, with registration from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Start time is 8:30 a.m.

The 5K Out and Back Course will start & finish at Holy Cross High School,  running through the Dunmore, Swinick neighbors, and around Sherwood Park. Cost is $25. Medals will be awarded to all finishers of the 5K race. Each participant will receive a race tee shirt. Monies raised will provide for purchase much needed equipment and uniforms for the teams, as well as help offset the high cost of the Track & Field and Cross Country programs. 

Athlete of the Month: Tommy Rohan

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross Crusaders senior star pitcher Tommy Rohan has led in most pitching categories in Lackawanna League Division III all season.

And his arm has become a major weapon for Holy Cross.

Son of Tom and Jennifer Rohan, Tommy, 18, leads the league with a sparkling 0.58 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. His pitching record is 5-2.

The senior standout hurled five and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits, three walks and no runs while striking out 11 in the Holy Cross 6-2 win over Old Forge in the District 2, Class 2A quarterfinal game Tuesday, May 24.

Holy Cross went on to defeat Lackawanna Trail, 10-4, in the District 2, Class 2A semifinal, Thursday, May 26.

The stalwart hurler will pitch in the district championship game, Wednesday, June 1.

Tommy was 1-1 with a 2.68 ERA on the mound last season for the Crusaders.

He is also an outstanding catcher and offensive performer. He is batting .358 with one homer and 17 runs scored this season.

Last year, Tommy hit .375 with two homers.

His sophomore baseball season was taken away by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he batted .301 with one homer as a freshman.

Tommy is also a superb student in the classroom. He has a 3.9 academic average and is a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society. His best academic subject is science, particularly biology.

Tommy likes listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Avenge Seven Fold, a heavy metal band, in concert.

The scholar-athlete said he learned a strong work ethic from his parents. 

“Always work hard in the gym,” he said. “Always try to improve. Work hard in the cage to find your swing. My parents tell me to work hard all the time.”

Tommy said Holy Cross veteran baseball coach Sandy Menichetti gave him confidence. “He taught me to believe in myself. He’s been great to me. I have his trust and that means a lot. The entire coaching staff has been great to me.”

The pitching ace talked about his special season on the mound. “It helps that I am striking people out and not putting the ball in play. And when the ball is in play, there is great defense behind me. And our offense gives me great support. I am always pitching with a lead.”

Well-spoken, he talked about his team’s chances in the district title game. “I love our chances,” he said. “Right now we have the momentum. Our offense has been tremendous lately. As long as we get timely hits, we can win.”

Tommy will attend Lock Haven University on both baseball and academic scholarships next year. He is looking forward to continuing his baseball career there. He will major in exercise science.

He will play in the Hudson Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League this summer.

“I want to start strong and get a lot of playing time at Lock Haven,” he said. “I want to excel in academics and stay at the top of my class. I hope to get a good job when I graduate and maybe play semi pro baseball. I eventually want to become an athletic trainer.”

Holy Cross Standout Shortstop Wants to Give Back

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross Lady Crusaders shortstop Carly Wywoda has excelled on the baseball diamond for a long time.

And eventually, when the time comes, she wants to give back.

As a freshman, she hit five homers for the Lady Crusaders. There was no softball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Carly’s sophomore year, but she came back to hit nine homers and then hit over .600 in her junior year.

This season, Carly has one homer and is batting .474 at press time.

Daughter of Pete and Georgeann Wywoda, the senior standout was named first team all-state, first-team All Regional and was a Lackawanna League Division III first-team all-star selection last season.

Carly has a highly impressive 4.18 academic average at Holy Cross. Her best subject is math.

She is a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society.

Well-spoken and polite, Carly talked about what it takes to excel as a shortstop in high school softball. “Well, for one thing,” she said, “it takes a great second baseman. I have that in Priscilla Grill. That is 100 percent, Priscilla. I can always rely on her and know where she is going to be. She has also been my best friend for a long time, so we work together extremely well. You also need a lot of mobility and you need to be a leader to play shortstop.”

Carly will attend Mansfield University where she will play softball and study math secondary education next year. Carly will attend Mansfield on both academic and athletic scholarships.

“I want to become a math teacher on the high school level,” she said. “I also want to get into coaching high school softball. I want to give back and teach kids what coaches taught me.”

The senior scholar-athlete said she enjoys listening to country music and has seen Kenny Chesney in concert twice.

She talked about lessons learned from Holy Cross veteran softball coach Joe Ross. “He always teaches us that no matter what happens on the softball field, it is all about the team. It is more about the team than the individual. You need to always be there for your teammates.”

The talented shortstop said her parents also taught her a lot. “My parents teach me to respect everyone, including kids, adults, senior citizens, teachers, school, and coaches. They tell me to show respect with everything I do. And always work towards a goal.”

Carly said she is looking forward to becoming a teacher and coach someday. “I want to inspire kids as a coach, just as my coaches inspired me. And I want to inspire my students in the classroom to be the best they can be.

“I want to be a secondary education teacher, but most of all would like to be a safe spot for kids to come to. I want students to be able to come to me with any issue or problem and feel safe about it.”

The articulate senior said she is looking forward to the rest of the Holy Cross softball season. “We started the season with a 4-2 record, so we are looking to play our remaining games at a very competitive level. We want to come out swinging and confident. We need to play well as a team and be aggressive.”

Carly said her experience at Holy Cross High School has been the best. “I made the best choice ever coming here,” she said. “The academics and softball here are the best. I would have no better opportunity. And I have made so many friends. The opportunities here are so great.”